The latest new release from Netflix is The Dig. This is based on the true story of the excavation and discovery of the Anglo Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge. The site is now owned by the National Trust and has recently undergone a £4 million renovation. Whilst the National Trust has many parks, gardens and open spaces there is only one Sutton Hoo. Do visit it while in Suffolk. Not only for the exhibition but for the delightful parkland walks. I particularly like the woodland in May when the Bluebells are out. The walks take you right down to the River Deben and there are fine views over the river to Woodbridge. At the entrance is a dog friendly café where you can sit inside. Look out for the paw print on the tables showing where you can sit with your dog.
If you have enjoyed the film and have been wowed by the local landscapes and scenery take a scenic car tour to visit some of the places used as locations. Many of these places still have the same charm and rural beauty as they did in the time of Edith Pretty at the start of the excavation. Sutton Hoo itself is only 19 miles from the campsite and a further 7 miles takes you out to the remote and wild coastline of Shingle Street. (which is also a location used in the film Yesterday).
Over the course of the year we are asked allsorts of questions. "Where are the best walks?" "What is the best fishing bait?", "How should I prepare my van for the winter?" and "what do you do in the winter?" are just a few.
What have we been doing since November 1st, when we closed for the season?
Over the winter months we carry out all the maintenance work and improvements so that every thing is clean and bright ready for you again next season.
Every year we paint all through the shower and utility blocks, give the buildings and fences a coat of stain and refresh any worn out fittings. We also think about requests and comments we have had over the summer and look at making improvements to the facilities where we can.
Despite being in lock down we have still managed to get on with a few projects already.
The weather in October seems to be getting wetter, and the grass pitches are suffering by the end of the touring season. This and the increase in the number of heavier motorhomes have encouraged us to put in another hard standing pitch near reception. Our hard standing pitches are only a strip for the caravan and car or motor home to stand on, as we think that there is nothing better than to feel the grass under your feet when using your BBQ or sitting out during the summer months and its easier to peg your awning down too. The car park look is not for us.
As well as this we have been working on creating a new family shower room down in Barn Owl Meadow. The old BBQ washing sink is to be relocated and that space filled in to make a room containing shower, basin and toilet. This design copies the shower rooms in the new block located in Fieldfare Meadow. We don't know yet what 2021 has in store but more self contained toilet and shower facilities will be welcome, if social distancing is to continue.
This season we have had a lot of interest in the fishing and particularly the night fishing. We already had 3 pre-bookable night fishing pegs, but we have installed another three. It has given David the chance to get in some serious digger action, as you can see. The soil has been built up and levelled for the bivy and grass-seed applied. It is geminating well and there should be enough grass cover to be able to use them in the summer.
But it is not all work. I have been able to get out walking, exploring the paths and seeing what is happening on the neighboring farms and in the countryside. But that is another story..